9 Days / 8 Nights - Gasa Hot Spring Bath Tour
Day 1: Paro Arrival Drive to Thimphu
After you arrive at Bhutan's international airport,paro situated in a beautiful valley at 2280 meters which gives a introduction to our beautiful kingdom. our guide will meet you and take you on one hour drive by the paachu and wangchu river valleys to Bhutan's capital city,thimphu at 2320 metres.on the way you can stop to take stop to pictures of magnificent 15 century temple called Taachog lhakhang which was built by great iron builder Drupthop Thangthong Gyalpo.And take a short walk down to the river to see a 15 century old iron chain bridge built by the same builder of temple. after you arrive at thimphu you can take a leisurely walk around the town to feel the the atmosphere of capital with its traditional and modernize photogenic citizens .
Night stay in Thimphu
Day 2: Thimphu Sightseeing
Today we will start our sightseeing by visiting beautiful Memorial Chorten,built in 1974 by her majesty Azhi Phuntsho Choden Wangchuk. Bhuddha point where you will see 169 feet big seating Buddha which one of the largest Buddha statue in the world as well to see the bird's eye view of thimphu city. Changangkha Temple which was built in 12 century. Inside the temple one can see the original old wall paintings and the unique statue of god of compassion in the form of 11 faces in seating poster. And hundreds of religious of scriptures written in gold. Takin reservation centre to see our Bhutan's unique national animal, the takin.to see the art work of Zorigchusum(13 traditional arts and crafts) you can visit painting school. visit National Library to see world largest published books which says about Bhutan or Folk heritage Museum to see typical example of traditional farmhouse and Textile weaving center at changzamtok were one can see traditional weaving style of fabric. An optional visit of Tashichoe dzong or oldest fortress Simtokha Dzong which was built in 1629. Disscus with your guide and tell your interest.
Night stay in Thimphu
Day 3: Thimphu to Punakha
Today after breakfast in the morning drive approximately 2 and half hour to Bhutan's old capital punakha since 1955 through Dochula pass at 3100 meters .there you can stop for the paronomic view of eastern Himalayas in fine weather. from the pass you will continue your drive down to low lying valley at 1220 metres.After lunch take a pleasant walk through terraced fields Chimelhakhang ( temple of fertility)which was built in 15 century by the first cousin brother of divine madman lama Ngawang Chogyal.hike is for an hour. Then visit Punakha Dzong(palace of great happiness) which one of the beautiful dzong in Bhutan. Built in 1636, it stands beautifully at the confluence of two rivers,mo chu and pho chu.
Night stay in Punakha
Day 4: Punakha to Gasa
Drive to Gasa for 3 hours through beautiful vegetation. After you reach there you visit Gasa Dzong built in 16 century. Drive down back to Tsachu were you can see local people from different places of Bhutan has come for hot spring bath to do treatment for join pains,sieneses,stomach ulcer and etc..Today you can also take hot spring bath after you rest for some time in your room at guest house which has been newly built by government for those who comes for hot spring.
Night stay in Gasa Tsachu
Day 5: Gasa to Punakha
Have relaxing day by spending some time again at tsachu(hot spring) and later drive back to punakha, on the way you can hike for 2 hours to Khamsum yulaynamgyal stupa.when you reach at stupa you will have a lovely view of kabesa and Nyingzer gang village.
Night stay in Punakha
Day 6: Punakha to Paro
Today after breakfast you can drive back to paro approximately 4 hours drive. In the afternoon you can start your cultural sightseeing of paro by visiting the 15 century old Dungtse lhakhang which one of old unique temple. Then drive up to visit Ta dzong(watch tower) built in 1951 to use as a watch tower to defend Ringpung dzong and paro valley during the time of war and converted into national museum in 1967 which recorded in UNESCO world heritage. Unfortunately original museum was destroyed by the earthquake in September 2011 but one can still see a magnificent collection of Bhutanese artifacts like costumes, religious Tahngka paintings, arm weapons, and a fascinating collection of Bhutan stamps. The museum will reopen by the end of 2015.and also visit paro Ringpung Dzong which is one of the finest example of Bhutanese architecture. If still feel energetic you can take a short walk down to the cantilever bridge. Then still you will have a time to walk around the paro town to buy Bhutan souvenir gift.
Night stay in Paro
Day 7: Day Excurssion to Haa
Today 3 hours drive to Haa valley for day excursion which has been newly open for tourist visit via Chelela Pass(3980 meters).From the pass you can have paranomic view of second highest himalaya of Bhutan mountain Jomolhari (7456 meters mountain of god).you can go with hot picnic lunch which will be arrange by your guide if the weather is good because we have only two tourist restaurant at haa.you can carry on with few sightseeing by visiting Lhakhang Karpo (white temple) and Lhakhang Nakpo ( black temple).And you also take some time to walk around small haa business center. An optional to walk to haa Katso village or drive back to the pass to hike for 1 hour 30 minutes walk which starts form chlelela pass and ends from Kila Goenpa( kila nunary monastery) and you will enjoy a walk through rhododendron and hemlock forest. Then drive back to paro.
Night stay in Paro
Day 8: Hike to Taktshang(Tigers Nest)
Today take a day hike to the sacred Taktsang Goenpa (tiger nest monastery) which was built on the rock face at 900 meters above the valley floor. The history says guru Rinphoche during his second visit to Bhutan in 8th century have flew to the place riding on a tigress to subdue demon Singye Samdrup and meditated here for three months. Later temporary ruler of Bhutan GyalsheTenzin Rabgay has built monastery in 16 century. It one of the most highlighted holy site of the tourist as well it is a place where Bhutanese people belive they must visit once in their life time. After hike from Taktsang you can visit Drukgyal dzong(victory fortress)which was built in 1644 to celebrate the victory over Tibetan invaders and destroyed by the fire in 1951.And way back you can visit one of the oldest temple in Bhutan kyichu lhakhang built in 7th century.
Night stay in paro
Day 9: Drive to Paro Airport and departure
Depending on your flight departure time early in the morning your guide will take you to airport to see you off onto your flight and wish you good journey and Tashidelek(goodbye/good luck).